Definition of do the honours in English:

do the honours

phrase

informal
  • Perform a social duty for others, especially the serving of food or drink to a guest.

    ‘‘Don't worry, I'll do the honours.’ She reached for the teapot and poured’
    • ‘There will be a disco from 9 pm to midnight and a mystery guest will do the honours in presenting the medals.’
    • ‘The march leaders decided not to cross the road to present the memorandum to Godec, instead handing the document to a police captain on duty to do the honours.’
    • ‘After a brief warm-up, the assembled musicians played ‘Blood on the Tracks’ from beginning to end, rotating in several of the guest artists as vocalists to do the honors on some of the album's key songs.’
    • ‘When I'd buy a drink from the vending machine, they would gladly do the honors of putting the coin inside.’
    • ‘Dr Maurice O'Keeffe, being the oldest serving member of the Yacht Club, did the honours of cutting the tape.’
    • ‘The very first time I heard this was in a club where I was a DJ, but that night my mate Stevie was doing the honors…’
    • ‘The official switch-on of the Christmas lights will be on Sunday, December 4: Santa Claus has agreed to do the honours of switching on the lights this year.’
    • ‘‘We are delighted that Santa could take time from his busy schedule to do the honours,’ enthused Marian Dowd.’
    • ‘The official opening is on October 4th and the organisers are delighted that Minister Eamon OCuiv will do the honours.’
    • ‘Kieran Hanrahan of RTE will do the honours and declare the school open.’